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Arrival of First Nordhavn 96 Motor Yacht MacGuffin in Florida

February 05, 2016

Yesterday morning, February 4, 2016 saw the eagerly awaited arrival of the first Nordhavn 96 motor yacht MacGuffin (hull #11) on a cargo ship at Port Everglades in Florida. She was transported from the South Coast factory in China, and will be completed in Nordhavn’s commissioning facility in North Palm Beach.

First Nordhavn 96 MacGuffin in Florida

First Nordhavn 96 MacGuffin in Florida

The all-new N96 MacGuffin is an elegant, capable vessel with world-class craftsmanship and features, serving as the ideal stepping stone between large cruiser and superyacht. “She’s exceeded our expectations and will certainly impress anyone who climbs aboard,” commented Project Manager Trever Smith.

MacGuffin - side view

MacGuffin – side view

MacGuffin - aft view

MacGuffin – aft view

See more charter yachts built by Nordhavn here.

Running shots of Beautiful 140’ Super Yacht KING BABY by IAG Yachts

February 04, 2016

IAG Yachts has kindly provided us with the images below, showing the beautiful 140-foot custom-built super yacht KING BABY, cruising off the Florida coast. The largest vessel ever built by the Chinese shipyard, KING BABY made her world premiere at the last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).

King Baby by IAG Yachts off Florida

King Baby by IAG Yachts off Florida

Spreading over four amazing decks, including a gorgeous sun deck, the 2015 KING BABY provides accommodation across five lovely staterooms. Her superb interiors boast a black walnut hand crafted woodwork rivaling European build quality, with both satin and high gloss finishes. There is also a liberal use of stone accents on every deck.

King Baby from above

King Baby from above

King Baby - front view

King Baby – front view

With a displacement of 270 tons, KING BABY has been constructed using traditional hand laid glass in the hull, resin infusion for the superstructure and carbon fiber for the upper structure.  RINA Class and MCA, LY2 compliance has been achieved for a commercial superyacht charter rating.

King Baby from above - aft view

King Baby from above – aft view

King Baby - top view

King Baby – top view

US debut for Crystal 140 M/Y MR D by Benetti at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

February 04, 2016

The fifth Benetti Crystal 140 M/Y MR D (BY005) is set to make her US premiere at the upcoming Yachts Miami Beach show. Born from the hands of Stefano Righini for the exterior layout and Ezequiel Farcafor the interior and decoration design, this luxury 42-metre superyacht can be characterized by light, transparency, as well as enhancement of spaces.

Crystal 140 MR D by Benetti

Crystal 140 MR D by Benetti

The interiors feature a redistribution of spaces that exploits the entire volume of hull, along with special attention to light, thanks to new windows. The lower deck hosts four lovely guest cabins, two double and two twin, plus generous crew area. The main deck is fitted with a large living area with a central sofa, comfortable armchairs and a bar area. Moreover, there is a lavish owner’s cabin, providing fantastic views of the sea, thanks to full-height windows.

MR D - Decks

MR D – Decks

MR D - Exterior

MR D – Exterior

Aboard MR D

Aboard MR D

Spanning over four amazing decks, MR D offers large areas for socializing that are protected with maximum privacy. One of the many innovative features aboard represents the stern area that is marked by a distinctive reorganisation: the customary garage for tender, jet skis, and other equipment has been moved forward toward the bow with an opening on the side, allowing the entire stern area to be dedicated to a beach area that is free of all mechanical equipment and is outfitted with a shower, bathroom, fridge, galley, and armchairs.

MR D - Wheelhouse

MR D – Wheelhouse

MR D - Dining

MR D – Dining

MR D - Main Saloon

MR D – Main Saloon

MR D - Upper Saloon

MR D – Upper Saloon

Run by twin Cat C32 Acer delivering 1081 kW, luxury yacht MR D has a conventional oceanic range of 4,000 miles. She is capable of travelling around the world and exploring locales where autonomy and spending long periods without refuelling becomes essential. Maximum speed at half load is 15 knots, with 14 knots possible at 85% power.

MR D - Owners Cabin

MR D – Owners Cabin

MR D - Owners Bathroom

MR D – Owners Bathroom

MR D - VIP Cabin

MR D – VIP Cabin

Furthermore, the design of the wheelhouse is based on innovative integrated architecture that, thanks to LCD monitors with latest generation of touch-screen functionality and ergonomic controllers, has made it possible to reinstate all functions in a single control panel, resulting in an efficient console with an avant-garde look and functionality.

Benetti Crystal 140 MR D

Benetti Crystal 140 MR D

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World premiere of NEW 116’ Hargrave Superyacht RENAISSANCE at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

February 04, 2016

Next week’s Yachts Miami Beach show will be marked by the world premiere of the all-new 116’ Hargrave superyacht RENAISSANCE. Boasting a new hull design from the well known naval architect Jack Sarin, she offers more speed, better handling, as well as wider beams.

New 116' RENAISSANCE by Hargrave

New 116′ RENAISSANCE by Hargrave

The goal of the new 116′ Hargrave RENAISSANCE project is to showcase the latest thinking from their design team on what the ultimate American yachting experience should be in this size range. The vessel’s superb interiors were created by Yacht Interiors by Shelley. Accommodation layout consists of five lovely and comfortable staterooms, including an on deck master stateroom and four VIP staterooms, plus spacious crew quarters.

More charter yachts built by Hargrave Custom Yachts.

Video of NEW Astondoa Century 110 GLX Superyacht SOPHYE

February 03, 2016

Spanish shipyard, Astondoa, has proudly released the great video below, showing their all-new Century 110 GLX superyacht SOPHYE, expected to be showcased at next month’s Yachts Miami Beach show. She boasts amazing outdoor spaces and interiors, providing all home-away-from-home comforts.

Created by Cristiano Gatto, the superb and elegant interiors provide accommodation in one full-beam master suite on the main deck, as well as four additional guest staterooms, all situated on the lower deck, and including two queen and two twin cabins. Excellent service aboard is ensured by a crew of 6.

More charter yachts built by Astondoa.

Sanlorenzo’s First 460 Explorer Superyacht MOKA successfully completes her maiden voyage

February 02, 2016

Italian shipyard, Sanlorenzo, is thrilled to announce that their first 460 Explorer superyacht MOKA has successfully completed her maiden voyage that brought her to her new US Owner. Following over 5,600 of navigation, a month at sea, of which 19 whole days of sailing at the average speed of 12,5 knots, MOKA arrived in Florida on January 10, 2016.

Sanlorenzo's First 460EXP MOKA

Sanlorenzo’s First 460EXP MOKA

Tailor made to her Owner’s specific requests, MOKA has a steel displacement hull and aluminium superstructure that come together to create an impressive volume of 460 gross tons for an overall length of only 42,8 meters. Keeping with the explorer philosophy, the superstructure is located further forward than on conventional yachts, leaving an ample aft deck capable of carrying a tender of dimensions far exceeding what one would expect on a vessel of this size. In addition to the main tender, the aft deck can host a collection of water and land toys, allowing guests and crew to explore the visited areas. Once at anchor and free of equipment, the aft deck becomes a wide solarium complemented by a large swimming pool with counter current swimming capability.

MOKA underway

MOKA underway

Spanning over five impressive decks, MOKA provides comfortable accommodation across five cabins on the lower deck, and a generous Owner’s suite on the main deck. Moreover, the lower deck also hosts a fully equipped gym, and there are two salons on the main and upper deck respectively.

Perfect for long range cruising, the first 460Exp MOKA has an increased autonomy. Her CAT C32 Acert develop 970kW (1,319mhp) and allow her to cover over 4,000 miles at an economic speed of 11 knots.

Five units have been already sold since MOKA’s debut at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015 in September. All of these are currently under construction.

More charter yachts built by SANLORENZO.

Winning yacht refits at 2016 Refit Excellence Awards

February 02, 2016

The first day of the 2016 Refit International Exhibition & Conference in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale was marked by the first annual Refit Excellence Awards. Winners were the yacht teams behind STARFLITE, ENIGMA XK, AXIA and QUITEÑA.

Beautifully refitted Enigma XK - Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Beautifully refitted Enigma XK – Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Nominated by Jarrett Bay Boatworks, STARLITE received the award in the “Best Poweryacht Refit between 50 and 100 Feet” category. This 54-foot custom sportfisherman was originally built in 1999. Owned by Jarrett Bay Boatworks’ company president, Randy Ramsey, and captained by Joey Johnson, STARFLITE underwent a two-year refit between April 2013 and May 2015.

Nominated by Atlantic Refit Center, ENIGMA XK won the award for “Best Poweryacht Refit Over 100 Feet“. The yard converted the military patrol vessel NORNA into the explorer yacht ENIGMA XK. Designed by Philippe Briand and Veerel Battiau of Vitruvius Yachts, the refit included superstructure modifications and an interior transformation that resulted in a luxury vessel for 12 guests and 23 crew. There was a complete overhaul of the two main 3000-kW Ruston engines, new 500-kW generators, a new air-conditioning system, new sprinkler system and new bridge.

Re-launch of Axia at Front Street Shipyard

Re-launch of Axia at Front Street Shipyard

The award for “Best Sailing Yacht Refit” went to charter yacht AXIA, nominated by Front Street Shipyard. This Sparkman & Stephens-designed 123-foot aluminum vessel was originally built in 1990 by Palmer Johnson. Her owner worked with Langan Design Partners to enhance the boat’s performance in hopes that AXIA would win the St. Bart’s Bucket in 2015. Langan Design Partners developed plans for a new fin keel and high-aspect spade rudder, and the work was carried out by Front Street Shipyard. With a new keel poured by Mars Metal, the crew at Front Street Shipyard removed the old shallow-draft keel and refit AXIA with a high-performance deep keel in a very tight time frame. Following her refit, AXIA went on to win her class in the 2015 St. Bart’s Bucket. Last autumn saw AXIA undergo a follow-up refit at Front Street Shipyard to receive new engines and generators.

The award for “Best Accomplishment for a Yacht Refit” was presented to QUITEÑA, submitted by Saunders Yachtworks. In 2014, the 62-foot Viking Convertible QUITEÑA was the perfect boat for sportfishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to a major refit at Saunders Yachtworks, QUITEÑA became the perfect boat for fishing in the Pacific Ocean.

“Today’s complex yacht refits are multi-faceted and require a cohesive team to be successful. The Refit Excellence Awards give the industry the opportunity to honor those teams,” commented Jim Miller, show manager of Refit International Exhibition & Conference and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. “All of the winners demonstrated both exceptional craftsmanship and outstanding teamwork.”

Nominations for the 2017 Refit Excellence Awards will open late this summer. There is no entry fee, nor limit to the number of entries. Next year’s winners will be once again presented during the Refit International Exhibition & Conference, running from January 26 to 27, 2017.

STEF ALBERT shortlisted for IY&A Awards 2016 with Superyacht Concept IWANA

January 27, 2016

Stef Albert has been shortlisted for the International Yacht and Aviation Awards with the beautiful superyacht concept IWANA with exterior by Alex McDiarmid in the ‘Concept over 40m’ award category. IWANA features spaces housing beautiful art collections with interiors that are not only functional, but also fabulous works of art.

IWANA interiors

IWANA interiors

“I wanted to create the ambience of an exclusive night club whilst simultaneously merging the expansive exterior waters and skies.” Designed for both, owners that like to entertain or an owner that prefers privacy of the breathtaking master suite, IWANA raises the bar as a fantastic one-of-a-kind designs.

Running Shots of Astondoa Century 110 GLX Yacht SOPHYE

January 27, 2016

Images of the first Astondoa Century 110 GLX yacht SOPHYE have been released, showing this striking sporty-looking vessel in her full splendour. The Spanish shipyard launched the yacht last week and will be exhibiting her at the upcoming Yachts Miami Beach show from 11th to 15th February.

Astondoa Century 110 GLX yacht SOPHYE

vAstondoa Century 110 GLX yacht SOPHYE

Astondoa Century 110 GLX yacht

Astondoa Century 110 GLX yacht

SOPHYE was created as a spacious family boat or a yacht to host your friends aboard. She offers fantastic outdoor spaces and interiors that were completely customised to accommodate for her Owner’s lifestyle and desires, specifically requesting open-air feeling with home-away-from-home comforts.

Astondoa Century 110 GLX superyacht SOPHYE

Astondoa Century 110 GLX superyacht SOPHYE

SOPHYE

SOPHYE

SOPHYE

SOPHYE

Interior areas were designed by Cristiano Gatto with accommodation in one full-beam master suite, situated on the main deck, together with four additional guest staterooms located on the lower deck (two queen and two twin). All suites boast great storage space, refrigerators, entertainment systems as well as en suite bathroom facilities.

SOPHYE by Astondoa

SOPHYE by Astondoa

Astondoa Century 110 GLX

Astondoa Century 110 GLX

A crew of six ensures impassable service on board. SOPHYE has been fitted with two MTU 16V2000M84 engines, providing this brand-new Century 110 GLX yacht with a top speed of 24 knots and allowing her to cruise at 20 knots.

Century 110 GLX

Century 110 GLX

Astondoa Century 110 GLX SOPHYE

Astondoa Century 110 GLX yacht SOPHYE

Horizon’s E88 Open Bridge Superyacht to be displayed at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

January 22, 2016

Horizon Yachts will be attending the next month’s Yachts Miami Beach, previously known as Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, displaying the beautiful E88 Open Bridge superyacht. She will be showcased along with PC60 power catamaran Ptolemy and PC52 power catamaran Jabulani, all to be located at ramp 6, slips 1226-1228.

E88 Open Bridge by Horizon

E88 Open Bridge by Horizon

This Horizon E88 represents the first one built in the open flybridge configuration and was designed around owner feedback. Exterior entertaining is a main focus, with the open flybridge fitted with a full bar, BBQ grill area, as well as large dinette seating, plus room on the boat deck for sunbathing or tender storage.

The vessel also boasts a new aft beach club design with a hydraulic garage door and Hi/Lo swim platform, offering the ideal spot for water sports off the transom. Moreover, forward on the bow, there is a newly-designed dinette area, complimented by sunpads for taking in the view. Accommodation is divided into four guest en suite staterooms, including a full-beam Master, VIP, and two twin guest rooms, plus crew quarters, taking full advantage of the generous 21-foot beam.

More charter yachts built by Horizon Yachts.